Nicole Cotten – Man Knitting: How to Make Flowers

© 2016

edition of 50

dimensions in inches: 6.25 x 6.25 x .25


About this piece:
Man Knitting: How to Make Flowers was written, illustrated, designed, printed and bound by Nicole Cotten and the University of Iowa Center for the Book in 2016. It was printed with hand-set Baskerville type and hand-drawn photopolymer images on a Vandercook Universal press. All fifty books in the edition were bound with Gary Frost’s sewn boards method. It is an instructional book on how to tie a flower/star knot written by a beginner for the beginner including some dry humor.

paper, ink, thread, book cloth, museum board

About the artist:

Lives and works in Iowa City, Iowa, United States

Nicole Cotten graduated from the University of Colorado Denver with a bachelor of fine arts, emphasis in painting, and a minor in creative writing in 2013. Cotten focused on painting until she enrolled in a study abroad program in Florence, Italy. There she was introduced to the traditional craft of bookbinding and she became enamored by the skill. She then completed an independent study at UCD, then worked as an apprentice for a master bookbinder from Germany. Cotten currently resides in Iowa City pursuing her MFA in Book Arts at the University of Iowa Center for the Book.

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